First Lines Friday: 11th January

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Every body has a story and a history.  Here I offer mine with a memoir of my body and my hunger.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…





Hunger by Roxane Gay


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In this intimate and searing memoir, the New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls ‘wildly undisciplined’.  She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens and twenties – including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life – and brings readers in to the present and the realities, pains and joys of her daily life.

This is my non-fiction read for January, and I’m so, so glad I picked it as the book to start off the new year.  I’ll admit that the subject matter is heavy in places, and at one point I actually needed to put the book down for a while, as it made for some uncomfortable reading, but it is those moments of honesty that make this memoir special.  I’m not convinced that Hunger is as well-written as Bad Feminist, but it is clear that the author felt like she was ready to write this book, and I respect her for sharing her battles with the world.

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Happy reading,

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